We have had little luck finding an urban community with a desire to work on the project. After unsuccessful negotiations with Ciudadelas de Libertad we decided to look for another community to continue the work. However, we have seen that it is more difficult to find instances of local involvement in urban communities. In Tirrases we had to suspend the process due to the lack of interest of the people involved.
These two situations lead us to believe that the most difficult problem faced in urban areas is precisely the sense of “belonging”. Urban communities in Costa Rica are increasingly shaped by migrants from rural areas or passing students who reside in them during the week to attend classes. Moreover, with the recent spike in crime we are experiencing a very strong process of individuation, which locks people into their private property and hamper their relationships with neighbors and the collective bodies of their neighborhoods.
To ensure meeting the schedule and objectives of this project we decided to stay in a rural spectrum. We have established contacts with two local organizations in two rural areas of the country: the Chamber of Tourism of the Poas Region, working in an area of the country heavily affected by the earthquake of 2009, and whose information and communication needs are strong integrated with the objectives of this project. We also have contacted the Cooperativa Autogestionaria Coopesampar R.L, a pear squash entrepreneurship in the communities of Paraíso and Santiago of Cartago.
The initial approach with partners is always a little difficult. When we talk about technology, most people think we want to make them a website, and local knowledge is in a space so relegated of the communities, that is very difficult to position a project like Historias Comunitarias. We are starting negotiations with these two potential partners, and hopefully in the next few days they give us a definitive answer to the project profiles that we sent.